By John Keller | United States
Alison Foxall is running for Florida State Assembly District Seventy-Two, and the special election is February 13th, 2018 and she believes the future of Florida is a free one.
Keller: With the plethora of careers available in the modern age, what motivated you too pursue a political career?
Foxall: I don’t view this a career, nor do I view it as “politics”. It’s a civic duty, and the future of Florida is at stake.
Keller: There is so much misinformation available today that skews people’s understanding. Libertarianism is not exempt from this trend. What is the message of liberty all about and why is Libertarianism the right choice for the people of Florida, and in essence, America?
Foxall: Liberty to me is all about self-ownership and responsibility. It’s about having the freedom to live your life as you see fit as long as you aren’t harming anyone else. But many people think they already have that. They don’t realize how much taxation is hurting them, or that there’s practically a rule/law for most things they do in their life. I grew up in the 90s and it was shoved down my throat that the United States was the greatest and freest country in the world. I no longer believe that. The evidence is clear to me that we are oppressed by our own government, which is controlled by both Republicans and Democrats. The time to change that is now.
Keller: You have broken so many barriers, especially with raising over $11,000. What is making the message of Liberty so appealing not only to yourself, but others?
Foxall: Our final fundraising total was over $30,000, which is the most in any Libertarian state house or state senate campaign in Florida’s history.
Prosperity is appealing to people. The tried and true saying of ‘work hard and you’ll get ahead’ is really what freedom is all about. Equal opportunity. We’re at a point where the average person is so taxed it’s hard to go anywhere in life. The more they make, the more they get punished for it.
Keller: Florida is known as a ‘swing state’, which leads many in Florida when looking at the ballot to say what are my two option. What is your message for breaking this trend?
Foxall: Voting for someone else other than the major two candidates is the most important thing you can do during an election. It sends a message that what they are doing is not okay. Otherwise, if you cast a vote for either of them, you are telling the establishment that what they are doing is fine and you want it to keep going.
Keller: A huge issue that has come to dominate local politics as a result of the rhetoric of the Trump Administration is sanctuary cities. Where do you stand on this hot button issue?
Foxall: Hot button issue is an understatement. Here in Sarasota, we don’t have an “illegal” immigrant problem, but the topic of what happened to Kate Steinle nearly 3000 miles away has been brought up several times, and we’ve been sent upwards of 50 mailers about the fear of making Sarasota a sanctuary city.
There is a bill floating around in the Florida House to “crack down” on counties not enforcing federal immigration laws. I oppose this law because I favor home rule. I don’t want to force counties to do anything they don’t want to or cannot afford. Here in Sarasota, our local Sheriff Tom Knight is enforcing federal immigration laws. It’s what the people want here. No one, not even local Democrats, is talking about making Sarasota a sanctuary city.
We need to have massive immigration reform federally and make it simple to get here. What that would be, I’m not sure, but some of my constituents seem to prefer a merit-based system as opposed to a family-tied one. Me personally? A simple background check to make sure they aren’t fleeing their own government from some violent crime is fine by me.
Keller: A campaign is defined by its stances on key issues. What three issues and policies are most important to you and your campaign?
Foxall: My campaign has largely been about free markets and economic issues, but they also bleed into several other categories like energy and healthcare.
–Reduce and eliminate 80% of occupational licenses in Florida. We are the most burdensome state when it comes to these things.
–Get rid of the utility monopoly in Florida. We have regulations that are protecting power companies interests and it’s making it hard for other types of energy to compete. Big power spends tens of millions on lobbying each year to ensure their own future. We are the Sunshine State, but not #1 in solar. Guess why? Government.
–Reduce the state budget. Several ways to do this: stop sports subsidies, all other forms of corporate and industry welfare, as well as legalizing cannabis completely. One study in 2013 shows that Medicaid costs were reduced by 150 million with states that had cannabis. We have an aging population and big opioid addiction problem. If we had cannabis in full effect, we’re going to see a big reduction in healthcare. But, as predicted, big pharma is attempting to corner the market here in Florida and make it hard and expensive for people to obtain.
Keller: If people are interested in getting involved with your campaign, how would they accomplish such a task?
Foxall: Go to foxallforflorida.com/volunteer
Anyone can make calls from anywhere in the world. Polls open at 7am tomorrow and close at 7pm. We will stop phone banking around 6pm. We can no longer accept financial contributions at this point of the campaign, per Florida state law.
Keller: Do you have any final remarks to the readers, supporters, and potential voters?
Thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far in this journey. This was sprung onto us unexpectedly, bet yet I felt compelled to stand up for liberty. Tomorrow we will see the results, and win or lose, tens of thousands of people here were exposed to libertarian ideas and principles. We made a stand and we will continue on, regardless of this battle’s outcome.
I would like to thank Alison Foxall for her time – everyone in District Seventy-Two of Florida be sure to get out and vote on the 13th!